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Cedar Rapids Fends Off Flood Damage With Temporary Barriers

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

An elaborate system of temporary floodwalls is so far protecting thousands of homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids from major flooding. Iowa’s second-largest city says its hastily erected 9.8-mile system of Hesco barriers and earthen berms is largely holding back the rain-swollen Cedar River, which crested Tuesday at its second-highest level on record.

Invoking Scalia, judges question whether EPA bent the law

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The late Justice Antonin Scalia loomed large today as the courtroom battle over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan kicked off.Several conservative judges suggested that Congress — not U.S. EPA — should be tasked with making major environmental policy decisions. They cited one of Scalia’s last major environmental opinions as a possible frame for viewing this case, which may not bode well for the administration.

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Obama’s Climate Change Rules

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The nation’s second-most powerful court grappled Tuesday with the intractable and potentially catastrophic problem of climate change, weighing whether constitutional questions surrounding President Obama’s climate change regulations should trump the moral obligations of upholding a plan to curb global warming.

Tom Vilsack’s lonely fight for a ‘forgotten’ rural America

Source: By Greg Jaffe and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Late last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack strode into the Oval Office to tell President Obama that he wanted to resign. “Mr. President,” he said, “I think it’s time to go.”

Trump skeptical of his own climate skepticism

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

“We will have 10 million more new jobs, because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century,” Clinton said. “Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.

Trump transition pick called ‘fox guarding the henhouse’

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Environmental advocates recoiled at the news that leading climate change skeptic Myron Ebell is leading Donald Trump’s transition team for U.S. EPA. Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent foe of environmental advocates and climate scientists, is spearheading Trump’s transition plans for EPA, according to sources close to the Trump campaign

Trump seeks ‘practical environmentalism’ in EPA chief

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

A longtime business associate of Donald Trump has two words for what the 2016 Republican presidential nominee wants in a U.S. EPA administrator. “Practical environmentalism,” Ed Russo said in an interview with Greenwire. “Not radical environmentalism.”

Trump picks top skeptic to lead EPA transition

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Donald Trump has selected one of the best-known climate skeptics to lead his U.S. EPA transition team, according to two sources close to the campaign. Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is spearheading Trump’s transition plans for EPA, the sources said.

US governors swing behind offshore wind power

Source: By David Foxwell, Offshore Wind • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The governors asked the President to expedite deployment of offshore wind, stating that it is “an abundant source of renewable energy located near some of our nation’s largest cities and areas of electricity demand.” However, as they noted, the US has only one project off the coast of Rhode Island that recently completed construction and will be placed in service later this year. Europe currently has 11 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind installed. “A new US offshore wind sector could create thousands of jobs in businesses ranging from R&D and engineering to manufacturing and marine construction,” they said.

Kitty Hawk nears takeoff

Source: By Renews • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The US government expects to publish a final sale notice in January 2017 for a 1.5GW commercial wind lease area off North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) anticipates an auction will follow in March for the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk zone, located some 24 nautical miles from shore. The bidding will start at $244,800.